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tonight, reporters rush to the rose garden. the unexpected moment at the white house. president trump, after saying, i'm not going to take the blame, is asked whether some republicans should go. about his response to puerto rico. will he fire robert mueller? and touching a nerve, saying president obama did not call the families of the fallen. also tonight, the massive rig explosion, just off new orleans. authorities moments ago on the search and rescue. the deadly fires in california. and tonight, a staggering number. more than 100 missing. and the couple married 55 years, trying to survive in the pool. the wife dying in her husband's arms. former army argent bowe bergdahl pleaded guilty today. and tonight, the interview. why he should not be called a traitor. what the nypd and scotland
yard are saying tonight about harvey weinstein. and the passenger jet that plunged more than 20,000 feet. good evening. and it's great to start another week with you. and the president started the week with an impromptu press conference, summoning reporters to the rose garden today with little notice. after weeks of blistering attacks with mitch mccome, he was suddenly standings right there with the president. the president saying we're closer than ever before. then, the president took questions on puerto rico, the social council on russia. and what he said about former presidents not calling families when they lost loved ones at war. three former presidents and their teams not reacting tonight. we begin with abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: after repeatedly lashing out at him, president trump held a hastily arranged press conference with mitch mcconnell in the rose garden today to declare their relationship outstanding. >> we have been friends for a long time. we are probably now, despite what we read, we're probably
now, i think, at least as far as i'm concerned, closer than ever before. >> reporter: that's a change in tone for the president, whose former chief strategist steve bannon has declared war on mcconnell. >> yeah mitch, the donors are not happy, they have all left you. we've cut your oxygen off, mitch. >> reporter: mr. president, do you approve on steve bannon's war on mitch mcconnell and the republican establishment? >> steve is very committed. he's a friend of mine and he's very committed to getting things passed. i have great relationships with actually many senators, but in particular with most republican senators, but we are not getting the job done, and i'm not going to blame myself, i'll be honest. they are not getting the job done. >> reporter: i asked the president about bannon's vow to take on nearly every republican senator up for re-election. but you're okay with bannon campaigning against republicans running for re-election? >> i know how he feels, depends on who you are talking about. there are republicans frankly that should be ashamed of themselves. i can understand how steve bannon feels. >> reporter: but in the rose garden, mcconnell fired back at
ban n bannon's plan to promote hardline conservatives. >> you have to nominate people who can actually win because winners make policy and losers go home. >> reporter: and standing with mcconnell, the president said he would talk to bannon. >> steve is doing what steve thinks is the right thing. some of the people he may be looking at, i'm going to see if we talk him out of that because frankly, they're great people. >> reporter: the president took questions for about 40 minutes on a wide range of subjects, including puerto rico. >> we have massive amounts of water. we have massive amounts of food. but they have to distribute the food and they have to do this, they have to distribute the food to the people of the island. so, what we've done, we now actually have military distributing food. something 245 they really shouldn't have to be doing. >> reporter: and on the investigation into russian meddling and possible collusion, the president signaled he won't pull the plug on the special prosecutor. >> are you considering firing robert mueller? >> not at all. >> jon karl live from the white
house tonight. and something else the president said today. he said that unlike some of his predecessors, he actually calls the families of fallen troops. here's what the president said. >> the traditional way, if you look at president obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls. i like to call when it's appropriate, when i think i'm able to do it. they have made the ultimate sacrifice, so, generally, i would say that i like to call. >> so, jon, tonight, three former president's teams are responding now? >> reporter: all three of the last three presidents have said that the president went too far in what he said today. an aide to president clinton said that president clinton did place calls to the fallen. a spokesperson for george w. bush said president bush wrote all the families of the fallen and called or met privately with hundreds, if not thousands. as for president obama, a spokesperson for him said that president obama engaged the families of the fallen and
wounded warriors throughout his presidency, through calls, letters, visits to section 60 at arlington, visits to water reed, visits to dover and regular meetings with gold star families at the white house and across the country. the spokesperson for president obama, david, said that the president, trump's world words were unequivocally wrong. >> thank you, jon. we turn next today to the massive rig explosion near new orleans. people on land said it felt like a bomb was dropped. workers jumping into the water. they had to be rescued. but there is still a search under way tonight. that rig in lake upon char chain. authority, talking before the families a short time ago. and here's abc's steve osunsami from the scene tonight. >> reporter: rescue teams from the u.s. coast guard have helicopters in the air, and boats in the water tonight, rushing to find the missing oil rig worker who disappeared after this explosion right outside new orleans. >> there's a platform fire in the lake. >> reporter: what caused the oil rig to blow late sunday is still a mystery this evening.
>> it's still popping and flaming away. >> reporter: families on the shores of lake pontchartrain are a mile and a half away and say it still felt like someone dropped a bomb. >> we were just sitting in my house and the whole entire house shook. house lit up with a big orange flash. >> reporter: seven people who jumped from the rig in the dark had to be pulled from the water, five were seriously hurt. >> they had severe burns on them. they're going to be in a lot of trouble for a long period of time. >> reporter: authorities are identifying the missing worker tonight, 44-year-old timothy morrison from katy, texas. they've already searched 90 square miles. and at 82 degrees, the water is warm, so, they're hopeful. >> and steve with us live tonight from new orleans. and steve, authorities also telling you that they haven't seen any oil leaking from the rig yet? >> reporter: that's right, david. no reports of any oil sheen. and we can see this for ourselves. this is lake pontchartrain. there's the oil rig in the distance. we've seen no oil wash upon this shore. residents get their drinking water from the mississippi
river, and not the lake, but they're still testing the lake tonight, just in case. david? >> all right, steve osunsami, our thanks to you. and now to california, and a harrowing number tonight. more than a week now after the deadly wild fires began. more than 100 people are still missing tonight. flames still spreadi ining thro the hills of napa county. the couple married 55 years, trying to survive the fire in the pool. the wife then dying in her husband's arms. abc's clayton sandell is in santa rosa. >> reporter: the staggering death tolls from the wildfires in california added more today, when a water tank driver was killed in a crash. >> possible water tender rollover. >> reporter: the first firefighting death in a week-long firestorm. >> this is day eight. for these fires to be raging through napa and sonoma county and fatigue is definitely a factor. >> reporter: the blazes have killed 40 other people. carmen barriz and her husband armando jumped into a swimming
pool last week trying to survive the intense heat and smoke. she died in his arms. >> no one should have to live though that violent fury. it is just remarkable what my father has endured. >> reporter: tonight, as firefighters battle fatigue, there is progress, but flames are still spreading in hard to reach areas. these water dropping helicopters are critical to the firefighting effort, because the terrain is so steep. it's hard for firefighters to get in. you can see from all the smoke there's a long way to go. the devil winds that created hell on earth are gone for now. >> we're going to [ bleep ] die dude, we got to get out of here! >> reporter: but firefighters are still on high alert. >> this fire is still very capable of turning on us, so we just need to keep an eye on it, stay vigilant and work as hard as we have been. >> reporter: many residents with homes still standing can now go back. some reunited with furry survivors. >> oh, thank you! >> you're welcome. >> reporter: the pelts they were forced to leave behind. >> izzy come here baby!
>> great scene to see. clayton live with us from santa rosa. clayton, a number you pointed out to us, 700 people still in shelters there? >> reporter: that's right, david. and many of those people will have nothing to come back to. i want to show you the arbitrary nature of the damage here if you look in this direction, it's just destruction, as far as the eye can see. but take a look over here. the other side of this very same street, all the houses, completely untouched. david? >> all right, clayton sandell for us tonight. clayton, thank you. here in new york city, a verdict in the bombing of the chelsea neighborhood of manhattan. convicted on all eight counts for planting two pressure cooker bombs on the street. one of them exploding, injuring 30 people. jurors were shown video. prosecutors say he was inspired by isis and al qaeda. the charges carry a mandatory punishment now of life in prison. next tonight here to the interview. army sergeant bowe bergdahl, pleading guilty today. we all remember that moment after years of captivity, held
by the taliban, squinting at the sight of the sun. tonight, in an abc news exclusive, bergdahl, before the camera for the first time. why he says he should not be called a traitor. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: appearing before a military judge today, sergeant bowe bergdahl pleaded guilty to desserting his platoon, walking off his fwhas after gbase in af into the hands of the taliban. >> my name is bowe bergdahl. >> reporter: bergdahl was held by the taliban for five years. released in this dramatic moment, squinting into the sun after years as a prisoner. u.s. special forces hustled him to a waiting helicopter to begin the journey home. in his first television interview, with british filmmaker sean langan, bergdahl says he was held in a cage for most of his captivity as punishment for trying to escape. >> it's a cage that was welded together, probably seven-foot long, probably about six-foot wide. >> and how long were you in that cage for? >> second, third, fourth and into the fifth year.
>> reporter: the u.s. released five taliban prisoners to gain his freedom, and the homecoming celebrate for bergdahl was short lived. bergdahl was attacked for risking the lives of fellow soldiers who went searching for him, two of them seriously wounded. >> he's a traitor a no-good traitor who should have been executed. >> reporter: bergdahl says a fair trial would have been impossible given the words of donald trump. >> we may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted. the people who are to the point of saying, yeah, just shoot him, you can never convince those people to change their minds. >> it hurts though? >> it does hurt. >> reporter: in court today, bergdahl acknowledged he broke the law by leaving the base, saying, "i understand i endangered the safety of my platoon." at a hearing next week, he could face up to life in prison. >> and brian back with us again tonight. and bowe bergdahl insists, brian, that he is not a day or the here. >> reporter: he does, david. scoffing at reports that he joined the taliban and had it
easy as their prisoner. he membership tans he walked off his base to report a commander for incompetence, a belief the military judge has already ruled, david, was unfounded. >> brian ross tonight, thank you. overseas tonight, the death toll for an horrific bombing in somalia, climbing above 300 now. a father of three from minnesota is among the victims. no claim of responsibility yet, but the somali government tonight is blaming al shabab. back here at home this even, and to movie producer harvey weinstein. tonight, what the nypd and scotland yard are now saying, as weinstein's own brother breaks his silence. what he now acknowledges. abc's linsey davis again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, harvey weinstein is in danger of criminal prosecution. the nypd says multiple women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault by the movie mogul, and they are looking into those claims. in london, scotland yard says they're investigating five alleged crimes against
weinstein. weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. >> we all make mistakes. a second chance, i hope. okay? >> reporter: in an emotional interview, weinstein's brother and long-time business partner, bob wean stein, says he knew his brother was a philanderer, but thought the situations were consensual kwchlt my brother has caused unconscionable suffer," he told "the hollywood reporter. "i am heartbroken for the women that he harmed." he add. >> reporter: what is being heard tonight, the words, me too, after actress alyssa milano tweeted, "if you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write me too" as a replay to this tweet. >> and linsey davis tonight. millimeters of people have responded to that social media call. >> reporter: more than 5 million have responded on facebook and twitter. think about it. that means that more than 45% of people in this country have a
facebook friend who has already replied "me, too." >> linsey davis on this story again tonight. thank you, linsey. next here, the nfl owners meeting in new york city, and all of them facing lawsuits from colin kaepernick, who claims the league and the owners worked together to deny him work. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, former 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick, taking on the nfl. accusing the league and team owners of come colluding to keep him sidelined. ♪ and bright stars >> reporter: the cause, kaepernick says? his refusal to stand during the national anthem last season, as a protest against racial injustice. the grievance alleges teams wanted to sign him, only to mysteriously go silent with no explanation. while kaepernick played six seasons for the 49ers, and took them to a super bowl, some three dozen other quarterbacks have been signed since he last played. >> get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now. out.
he's fired. >> reporter: last month, president trump reignited the take a knee debate. today, he stood his ground. >> you're disrespecting our flag and you're disrespecting our country. >> reporter: tonight, all teams asked to preserve documents that could relate to the case. kaepernick has to meet a high burden of proof to show collusion. the nfl isn't commenting. david? >> ryan smith, thank you. and the remnants of hurricane ophelia tonight turning deadly in ireland. winds at 80 miles an hour leaving tens of thousands without power. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the urgent manhunt under way right now. surveillance video of the inmates on the run. authorities revealing how they got away. then tonight, the midair scare. the passenger plane plunging more than 20,000 feet. passengers now describing the crew panicked. and there is news coming in tonight about the missing couple vanishing at a national park. a lot more news ahead. if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis,...
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finally tonight here, america strong. the little girl celebrating her 5th birthday. dad wasn't there, but still, one giant bear hug. meet the vie yeah ga from san antonio, texas. david in basic training, mom vanessa and their little girl, eliana, who just turned five. david is at ft. jaxson, south carolina. he wasn't there when she opened her gift, but watch as she pulls out her teddy bear in army fatigues. >> it looks like daddy! >> yeah? can i show you something cool? >> yeah. >> reporter: mom pulls out that bear and it's more than just the outfit. >> can you press right here? >> hey, baby, daddy loves you
so, so much. i can't wait for you to be in my arm's again. i love you. >> oh, my god, that's daddy! >> reporter: vanessa says her husband's training has also been a test for their daughter, who has never been away from her father for this long. dad and mom write every day with messages for her. and now, the teddy bear with dad's voice. >> i love you. >> daddy's little girl. thanks for watching here on a monday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, have a good evening. good night.
it's been our mission, our top priority to get everybody back in their homes and back to some normalcy. >> if your house is a burned area, days or weeks before you can get back in. >> more evacuations lifted today but as officials say, for some could be quite some time for bem to get back to homes or what's left for them. >> despite evacuations lifted, battle against the flames still isn't over. death toll from major fires now up to at least 41 after private water tender truck driver died fighting in napa county. 14 major fires burning across the state. more than 213,000 acres scorched throughout california. >> 11,000 firefighters on the line and more than 5,700
structures have been burned. but containment figures up for most of the fires in the north bay. >> closer look on the map here. redwood in mendocino is 50% contained and sonoma sulfur fire 85% contained. >> tubbs and atlas fires around 70%. encouraging to hear. nuns fire about halfway there. 50%. >> nuns fire is burning ridgetops miles away from some of napa valley's most well-known wineries. >> leslie is live from oakville. >>ep